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4/30/11: Saturday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:37 PM CDT, Saturday, April 30th, 2011

Weather headlines:

-Strong spring storm passing west-north of us thru Sunday
-Isolated thunderstorm risk This Evening
-Scattered snow showers possible late Tonight thru Sunday for Northern Minnesota?
-Next system set to arrive the mid to late part of next week

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

Powerful low pressure of 990mb was centered near Jamestown, North Dakota as of 4 PM.  An occluded front attached to this low was pushing northeast out of Central Minnesota This Afternoon.  A 45-65 knot low level jet, PWS nearing 1.00" combined with strong lift associated with the low and also because of a strong mid/upper level jet stream caused widespread rain in our area Today with some heavy downpours in some locations.  Hasn't been much in the way of thunderstorm activity with this system due to the lack of instability and warm air, but a few lightning strikes were being detected in…

4/29/11: Friday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:22 PM CDT, Friday, April 29th, 2011

Weather tidbits:  Source:  TWC.  Paul Douglas/St. Cloud Times

-Preliminary tornado count from Wednesday April 27th, 2011 is up to 211
-Death toll from Wednesday's historic tornado outbreak is up to 318 which surpasses the 307 fatalities from the Super Outbreak of 1974
-The tornado that hit Tuscaloosa, Alabama late Wednesday Afternoon may have been on the ground for 200 continuous miles! The all time record is 219 continuous miles during the Tri State tornado outbreak of 1925 which resulted in over 600 deaths

Above average tornado season ahead for Minnesota?

Source:  NWS and Paul Douglas/St. Cloud Times

An April that finished in the top ten for most tornadoes in the country has led to an above average season for both Minnesota and Wisconsin in 6 of those 10 years.

In years with La Nina (cooler than normal waters in the Eastern Pacific) of similar strength and a similar trend of gradual waning had an equal amount of active and non-active …

4/28/11: Thursday's Weather Report

Issued at 5:00 PM CDT, Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Amazing, but deadly tornado outbreak hit parts of the Southern U.S. on Wednesday, April 27th, 2011.  Preliminary tornado count is up to 171 as of late This Afternoon.  Note:  This is just a preliminary number and will likely go up or down in coming days.

Death toll from Wednesday is up to 280 per TWC report.

Alabama:   195 fatalities
Tennessee:   34 fatalities
Mississippi:  32 fatalities
Georgia:      14 fatalities
Virginia:         5 fatalities

Note:  April 27th, 2011 may go down as being one of the top 5 deadliest tornado days in U.S. history.

A massive amount of severe weather during the past few days.  Source:  SPC.

April 24th, 2011:  203 severe weather reports/15 tornadoes
April 25th, 2011:  438 severe weather reports/44 tornadoes
April 26th, 2011:  720 severe weather reports/68 tornadoes
April 27th, 2011:  754 severe weather reports/171 tornadoes

4 day total:  2,115 severe weather reports/298 tornadoes

Weather headlines:

-Quiet weath…

4/27/11: Wednesday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:21 PM CDT, Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Another significant late season snowfall across parts of our area Tuesday and Wednesday, April 26th-27th, 2011.  Source:  NWS Duluth, Minnesota.

2 miles northwest of Mellen, WI (Ashland county)  9.0" measured in elevated terrain, 200 feet higher than the city of Mellen.
4 miles east of Cornucopia, WI (Bayfield county)  8.0"
Maple, WI (Douglas county)  6.5"
Mellen, WI (Ashland county)  6.0"
4 miles west of Washburn, WI (Bayfield county)  6.0"
4 miles west of Clam Lake, WI (Bayfield county)  6.0"
Cornucopia, WI (Bayfield county)  5.5"
3 miles northwest of Bennett, WI (Douglas county)  5.5"
Oulu, WI (Bayfield county)  4.8"
Tower, MN (St. Louis county)  4.5"
Hawthorne, WI (Douglas county)  4.3"
High Bridge, WI (Ashland county)  4.0"
Poplar, WI (Douglas county)  4.0"
Embarrass, MN (St. Louis county)  3.0"
Glidden, WI (Ashland county)  3.0"
3 miles west of Grand Marai…

4/26/11: Tuesday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:04 PM CDT, Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

*WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY*

Winter Weather Advisory is in effect until 10 AM CDT Thursday for the following counties in Northwest Wisconsin:  Bayfield...Ashland...and Iron.  Some cities included in the advisory are:  Port Wing WI...Bayfield WI...Iron River WI...Cable WI...Ashland WI...Butternut WI...Upson WI...Gile WI...and Hurley WI.

Impacts:  A mixture of rain and snow, turning to snow at times will continue through Thursday Morning.  Total snowfall accumulations of 2-5" can be expected by Wednesday Evening.  The greatest amounts will occur in higher elevated areas.  Roads will become snow and slush covered in some areas.  Expect areas of difficult travel.  Slow down and use caution while driving.

High temperature report for Monday, April 25th, 2011.  Source:  NWS Duluth, MN.

Duluth, MN:  65 degrees
International Falls, MN:  64 degrees
Brainerd, MN:  66 degrees
Hibbing, MN:  68 degrees
Ashland, WI:  69 degrees
Hayward, WI:  67 degrees

4/25/11: Monday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:01 PM CDT, Monday, April 25th, 2011

Weather tidbits for Duluth, Minnesota:

*Back to back days with a high temperature of at least 60 degrees, April 24th-25th, 2011.  Last time this happened was back on October 13th-14th, 2010.
*Monthly precipitation total (thru the 24th):  2.04"/0.40" above average
*Monthly snowfall total (thru the 24th)  9.4"/3.7" above average
*Seasonal snowfall total (thru April 24th, 2011):  92.2"/10.0" above average

Weather History:

On this date in 1990:  A record high temperature of 81 degrees occurred at Duluth, Minnesota.

Weather headlines:

-Big changes underway
-Powerful E-NE winds develop near Lake Superior Tuesday Morning, lingering thru Wednesday Morning
-Strong, slow moving storm lifts north into the area Tuesday-Wednesday
-Rain and snow to accompany this storm, substanial amounts of snow possible for some

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

Another gorgeous spring d…

4/24/11: Sunday's Weather Report

Issued at 7:04 PM CDT, Sunday, April 24th, 2011

High temperature report for Sunday, April 24th, 2011.  Source:  NWS Duluth, MN.

Duluth, MN:  60 degrees
International Falls, MN:  62 degrees
Brainerd, MN:  64 degrees
Hibbing, MN:  61 degrees
Ashland, WI:  65 degrees
Hayward, WI:  60 degrees
Sky Harbor, MN:  63 degrees
Silver Bay, MN:  63 degrees
Aitkin, MN:  63 degrees
Superior, WI:  63 degrees
Phillips, WI:  61 degrees

Weather tidbits for Duluth, MN:

*Today marked the first time since April 12th with a maximum temperature of at least 60 degrees.
*Today marked the first time since April 13th with an above average high temperature.

Weather Headlines:

-A few showers up north This Evening and again Monday Afternoon
-Rest of the area stays dry into Monday
-Potent/slow moving storm moves toward the area Monday Night with lingering effects into mid-week
-Strong E/NE winds develop by early Tuesday and continue thru Wednesday near Lake Superior
-Rain and possible snow for parts of our area Tuesday…

4/23/11: Saturday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:12 PM CDT, Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

Several inches of snow accumulated late last night and early This Morning in portions of Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin.  Here are some snowfall reports from Friday and Saturday, April 22nd-23rd, 2011.  Source:  NWS Duluth, MN.

Gile, WI (Iron county)  5.0"
2 miles east of Wales, MN (Lake county)  4.2"
Glidden, WI (Ashland county)  4.0"
Babbitt, MN (St. Louis county)  3.0"
3 miles west of Butternut, WI (Ashland county)  2.5"
Chisholm, MN (St. Louis county)  2.5"
Park Falls, WI (Price county)  2.2"
Silver Bay, MN (Lake county)  2.0"
Embarrass, MN (St. Louis county)  2.0"
Saginaw, MN (St. Louis county)  1.5"
5 miles northwest of Grand Marais, MN (Cook county)  1.0"

Duluth, MN (St. Louis county)  0.6" measured at the NWS.

Precipitation totals from Friday-early Saturday, April 22nd-23rd, 2011.  Source:  NWS Duluth, MN.

International Falls, MN:  0.23"
Brainerd, MN:  …

4/22/11: Friday's Weather Report

Issued at 3:38 PM CDT, Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Weather Tidbits for Duluth, Minnesota:

*9, the number of days since our last above average high temperature and the number of days since our last 50+ degree day
*Average monthly temperature (thru the 21st) 37.6 degrees/0.7 degrees above average

Weather History:

On this date in 1990:  A record high temperature of 80 degrees occurred at Duluth, Minnesota.

Weather Headlines:

*Rain re-develops This Evening
*Some snow could mix with the rain in some areas Overnight
*Sunday still looks like the better day of the weekend
*Major model differences showing up for next week

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

Part one of this two part storm affected our area last night and early Today.  Light rain with amounts generally under 0.10" were found in portions of the area with 0.04" the official rain total at Duluth, Minnesota.  This lead disturbance pushed off to our east This Morning, widespread…

4/21/11: Thursday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:37 PM CDT, Thursday, April 21st, 2011

30 day outlook for May 2011 issued by the Climate Prediction Center, Thursday April 21st, 2011.

For Duluth, MN:

33% chance for below normal temperatures with equal chances for above normal, below normal, or normal precipitation.

90 day outlook for May-July 2011 issued by the Climate Prediction Center, Thursday, April 21st, 2011.

For Duluth, MN:

40% chance for below temperatures with equal chances for above normal, below normal, or normal precipitation.

Weather History:

On this date in 1990:  A record high temperature of 76 degrees occurred at Duluth, Minnesota.
On this date in 1991:  A record low temperature of 18 degrees occurred at Duluth, Minnesota.

Weather Headlines:

*Rain or a mix of rain/snow develops Tonight
*Main brunt of this next storm arrives Friday Afternoon and continues into early Saturday
*Accumulating snow could develop for parts of our area Friday Night
*Easter weekend looks pleasant with Sunday being the warmer day of the t…

4/20/11: Wednesday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:30 PM CDT, Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

A significant winter storm hit portions of Minnesota and Wisconsin on Tuesday, April 19th, 2011.  Here are some snowfall totals from various National Weather Service Offices.

Ashwaubenon, WI:  10.1"
Appleton, WI:  9.4"
Bellevue, WI:  9.4"
Menasha, WI:  9.0"
La Crosse, WI:  8.3"
Wautoma, WI:  7.2"
6 miles south of Caledonia, MN:  6.7"
Fond Du Lac, WI;  4.8"
Grand Meadow, MN:  4.2"
Wisconsin Dells:  4.0"
Preston, MN:  3.8"

Here are some local snowfall reports from Tuesday Night/Wednesday Morning, April 19th-20th, 2011.  Source:  NWS Duluth, MN.

Trade Lake, WI (Burnett county)  2.0"
4 miles northeast of Askov, MN (Pine county)  1.1"
5 miles south of Herbster, WI (Bayfield county)  1.0"

Note:  The same storm that produced the heavy snow in parts of the Upper Midwest on Tuesday also caused another massive outbreak of severe thunderstorms in portions of the Ohio Valley, Mid-…

4/19/11: Tuesday's Weather Report

Issued at 4:49 PM CDT, Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Weather Headlines:

*Late season snowstorm missing the Northland Tonight
*Some areas could still get some snow showers/flurries Tonight-Wednesday
*Mild Thursday ahead
*Next system set to arrive Friday-early Saturday

Forecast Discussion for Northeast Minnesota and Northwest Wisconsin

Today's Weather:

Strong area of low pressure averaging 998mb was centered in Eastern Missouri late This Afternoon with a high pressure ridge of 1020-1024mb off to our northwest, north, and northeast.  Snow, heavy at times with embedded thunderstorms have occurred Today northwest of that Missouri low from Southern Minnesota through Central-Eastern Wisconsin while our area was influenced more by the high which resulted in mainly dry conditions along with partly sunny to mostly cloudy skies.  Highs Today were in the middle 30s to middle 40s with east or northeast winds at 5-15 mph with gusts over 25 mph closer to Lake Superior.

Today's Upper Level Analysis:

Second storm chase of 2011

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Sunday, April 10th, 2011 had the potential of being a BIG day in terms of severe weather and tornadoes in Wisconsin, and numerous supercells did develop late Sunday Afternoon-Evening, but the bulk of the tornadoes stayed in the Northcentral-Eastern portion of the Badger state, plus storm motions on Sunday were extremely fast >55 mph, very hard to keep up with a storm when there moving that fast!

Dan and I were in Tomah, Wisconsin which is a little bit east-northeast of La Crosse.  A tornado warned cell moved through Tomah, WI but nothing really came out of it, except for a ton of rain, some small hail, gusty winds maybe to around 30-35 mph, and some lightning.  After the storm moved through I was able to take some very nice pictures of billowing CB's, a rainbow, and a very nice looking sunset.

The chase on Saturday, April 9th, 2011 was much much better than Sunday:  Thank you Iowa :)  Enjoy the pics.

~Tim











First stormchase of 2011

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Here are some photos of my first chase of 2011.  I was in Western Iowa on Saturday, April 9th, 2011.  I was chasing with my buddy Dan.  We were near Ida Grove, IA which is a bit east-northeast of Mapleton, IA.  Enjoy the pics!

~Tim






4/18/11: Monday's Weather Report

Issued at 3:33 PM CDT, Monday, April 18th, 2011

All headlines issued by the National Weather Service Duluth, Minnesota.

*WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY*

Winter Weather Advisory is in effect from 6 PM CDT Tuesday until 12 PM CDT Wednesday for the following counties in Northwest Wisconsin:  Ashland...Iron...Sawyer...and Price.  Some cities included in the advisory are:  Ashland WI...Butternut WI...Hurley WI...Gile WI...Upson WI...Hayward WI...Exeland WI...Winter WI...Park Falls WI...Phillips WI...and Ogema WI.

Impacts:  Snow will develop in portions of Northwest Wisconsin Tuesday Evening.  The snow may start as a mixture of rain, sleet, and snow before turning to all snow by late tuesday Night.  The snow is expected to continue into Wednesday Morning before ending Wednesday Afternoon.  Total snowfall accumulations of 2-4" are expected in the advisory area by Wednesday Afternoon.

*Roads could become snow covered and slippery Tuesday Night and Wednesday Morning.  Use caution and slow down if …